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Welcome to the Portal for the organization United Front! This Intercultural Club is the umbrella organization for intercultural clubs dedicated to serving and representing students with roots in Africa and the African Diaspora.  With a mentality of cooperation and unity, United Front seeks to provide leaders and students across Boston College's campus a space to discuss, create solutions for, and find positivity in the various experiences that come with being a descendant of Africa.

Portal Information

Description

United Front commits to solidarity between organizations representing cultures from Africa and the African Diaspora. As the umbrella organization of the African Student Organization, Black Student Forum, Caribbean Culture Club, Cape Verdean Student Association, L’Association Haitienne and any future student organization created henceforth, United Front seeks to unlearn individualism and embody the Ubuntu ideology: "I am because We are". United Front seeks to foster a supportive, interactive, unified and safe community to celebrate Black culture and its identities within the African Diaspora. As a collective, United Front celebrates the differences and commonalities of our cultural histories and experiences.

We look forward to working with the Boston College community in creating a more aware, proactive, and inclusive environment.

With hope.

Najat Goso, President (2017 - 2018)

Category

Intercultural

SOFC Representative

Katie Scaglione

Primary Contact Name

The primary contact should be the organization leader (president, director, chair, ect.)

Najat Goso

Primary Contact Title (e.g. President)

President

Additional Contact Name

Nanayah Appiah-Kubi

Faculty/Staff Advisor Name

Your faculty/staff advisor is NOT your Office of Student Involvement contact.

Nichole Payne

Faculty/Staff Advisor School/Department

First Year Experience

Organization Mission Statement

The mission of United Front is three-fold:

Community
United Front commits to solidarity between organizations representing cultures from Africa and the African Diaspora. As the umbrella organization of the African Student Organization, Black Student Forum, Caribbean Culture Club, Cape Verdean Student Association, L’Association Haitienne and any future student organization created henceforth, United Front seeks to unlearn individualism and embody the Ubuntu ideology: "I am because We are". United Front seeks to foster a supportive, interactive, unified and safe community to celebrate Black culture and its identities within the African Diaspora. As a collective, United Front celebrates the differences and commonalities of our cultural histories and experiences.

Collaboration
United Front operates first to facilitate collaboration among its member groups through joint meetings and social and educational programs. Additionally, it must create alliances among other clubs, organizations and academic departments at Boston College as well as between other colleges, universities, and community groups in the greater Boston area.

Consciousness
Facing our historical and present day struggles of enslavement, colonialism, racism, cultural debasement and other forms of oppression, United Front stands to raise Black consciousness among its constituents. According to Steve Bantu Biko, Black consciousness “seeks to infuse the Black community with a new-found pride in themselves, their efforts, their value systems, their culture, their religion and their outlook on life.” As such, United Front must find and create safe spaces in both social and academic arenas for students to assert pride in themselves, their cultures and the communities they represent. United Front is both simply and firmly anti-injustice. Any form of it will not be tolerated within or beyond our communities. Moreover, United Front must equip its members and the greater Black student community with effective tools to combat both passive and aggressive forms of racism and other forms of injustice.